Gratin of Black Bean, Corn and Crusty Cheese

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 26m
Ready In

"This oozing casserole of indigenous American starches simultaneously tastes historic and contemporary. Above all, it tastes delicious especially alongside a grilled steak. The overnight soaking beans time is not included in the overall prep time."

Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (250.1 g)
  • Calories 518.8
  • Total Fat - 27.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 16.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 77.7 mg
  • Sodium - 687.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 43.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.1 g
  • Sugars - 5.7 g
  • Protein - 26.8 g
  • Calcium - 567.3 mg
  • Iron - 2.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 15.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step 1

The night before making the casserole, pick over the beans, discarding any stones. Rinse the beans briefly, then cover with water and let sit overnight.

Step 2

The next day, place the beans in a 4-quart pot along with their soaking liquid. Add the whole onion, the garlic, and the bay leaves. Add fresh water to cover the beans by inches. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Cover and cook until the beans are tender but not mushy, about 1 1/2 hours. Check during cooking, and add hot water when necessary. When the beans are almost done, add salt. Drain the beans, discarding the water. Discard the onion, garlic, and bay leaves; reserve the beans.

Step 3

Meanwhile, while the beans are cooking, blanch the corn kernels in a large pot of boiling salted water for 1 minute. Drain the corn, cool, and refrigerate.

Step 4

Heat oven to 375-degrees F.

Step 5

Melt the butter in a 4-quart pot over medium-low heat. Add the diced onion and green pepper. Cook until soft, but not brown, about 20 minutes.

Step 6

Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the hot milk all at once,stirring vigorously with a whisk. Increase the heat to medium, and cook,, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 6 minutes. Add salt and pepper.

Step 7

Reserve 1 1/2 cups grated cheese; stir the remaining cheese into the milk mixture. When the cheese has melted, fold in the corn and the beans.

Step 8

Great a 3-quart casserole with butter or film with nonstick spray. Place the bean-and-corn mixture in the casserole. Sprinkle with reserved cheese over the top. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 10 - 15 minutes. Just before serving, pass under a hot broiler to lightly brown the cheese.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.